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Chainsaws - How to Choose the Right One


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Many people think that chainsaws are only useful if you're a lumberjack, live in the woods, or are auditioning for a horror movie. But for anybody who scoffs the usefulness of the tool, there will come a day when your staring dumbstruck at a branch that is threatening to take a power line down on your roof. If you even have one large tree on your property or a neighbor that refuses to prune theirs, a chainsaw is a worthy investment.

Choosing a chainsaw will depend on the amount of use you expect to get out of it and the size of potential projects. There are two kinds of chainsaws: electric and gasoline. Electric models will be sufficient for the average gardener and many small-scale projects. There are different sizes available.

Makita chainsaws, for example, come in small and light enough models for even the dainty to haul around. You won't be able to slice through extremely thick tree branches, and you will have to be careful not to trip over the power cord, but these are perfect for light pruning.

Gasoline models are the large, heavy-duty chainsaws that are powered by a two-cycle engine which mixes gas and oil. These are the intimidating saws that you need to pull a cord to rev up. They create an unpleasant gasoline smell and can be very loud (so please, fight the urge to start trimming at dawn). They are much more powerful than electric models, so if you are planning on heavy, long-term use or a large-scale project, they are a better purchase than electric versions.

After you've narrowed it down between gasoline and electric, you'll still have to choose the bar length and engine displacement. These are fancy terms for the size of the cutting blade and the power of the engine. The average bar lengths of Makita chainsaws range between 14" and 20". The blade can cut twice as many inches as it is long safely with a single cut.

Engine displacement determines the power of a gasoline model, which is its size in cubic centimeters or inches. Big numbers equal more power. The longer the blade and bigger the engine, the larger the tool will be and subsequently heavier and more difficult to control. So it is important not only to choose a size safe for your intended project, but also one that you can comfortably use.

There are many optional extras included with some chainsaws. Makita offers models that come equipped with carrying cases, automatic chain oilers, mufflers to reduce noise, quick adjust chains, and anti-vibration. You'll also need to purchase some safety gear before revving up your new toy. Protective goggles, gloves, and appropriate footwear and clothing are necessary.

Makita chainsaws come in a variety of sizes and power levels so you're sure to find one that suits your purposes and needs. Whether it involves making some light yard work an easier task, taking down the dead oak in the backyard, or perhaps just an ultra scary Halloween prop, you'll get your money's worth out of this tool.

Makita tool owners have access to over 600 Authorized Service Centers across its comprehensive national service network. Visit the Makita tool store to browse a large selection of both wood working and metal working tools and get them shipped to your home.


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